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From 'La La Land' to 'A Monster Calls,' the Biggest Movies Heading to the Toronto International Film Festival

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 07:20

Happy September! We’ve arrived at one of the best times of the year for movies, and with the Toronto International Film Festival readying to premiere some of the more talked-about films of the remaining year, our movie-obsessed eyes now turn to them for all the juiciest news and reviews and interviews. Fandango will once again be on location in Toronto this year, bringing you lots of great coverage. Here’s our Toronto International Film Festival primer to help get you up to...

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Fall Movie Buzz: 'La La Land,' 'Nocturnal Animals' and 'Arrival'

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 06:54

The fall movie season is finally upon us, and with it comes the big film festivals that help steer our expectations. Audiences are presently in Venice and Telluride and will soon be in Toronto and New York checking out premieres of titles the rest of us will eventually get to see in the coming months. There are already a few bona fide must-sees of the season, namely La La Land, Nocturnal Animals and Arrival, all of them starting out with perfect or near-perfect Rotten...

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First Look at Denzel Washington in 'Fences,' Plus: 'Spider-Man' and More

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 06:36

In Fences, Denzel Washington returns to the director's chair for only the fourth time in his career. It's based on a play by August Wilson that won a Pulitzer Prize and multiple Tony Awards, revolving around a sanitation worker in Pittsburgh who is haunted by his dream as a young man to become a professional baseball player, at a time before the major leagues were integrated. Washington starred with Viola Davis in a Broadway revival of the play in 2010, which won Tony Awards for both...

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News Briefs: Stanley Tucci to Reprise 'Transformers' Role in 'The Last Knight'

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 20:15

Transformers: The Last Knight: Stanley Tucci will reprise his Transformers: Age of Extinction role as tech wiz Joshua Joyce in Transformers: The Last Knight, now in production under the direction of Michael Bay. In the previous installment, Joyce created man-made Transformers, intended for use by the military. Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock and Anthony Hopkins star in the new movie, set for release on June 23, 2017. [Variety]   Godzilla: Resurgence: The newest film starring...

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Gene Wilder Classics 'Willy Wonka' and 'Blazing Saddles' Return to Theaters This Weekend

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 05:25

Gene Wilder's death this week has been a big blow to movie fans. He hadn't appeared on-screen for decades, but much of his filmography from when he was working includes a lot of classics we all watch regularly so it was like he never went anywhere. We'll still have those oft-revisited favorites, of course, and in fact this weekend we can see a couple of them on the big screen -- again or maybe for the first time. AMC Theatres is honoring Wilder's passing with screenings of...

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News Briefs: Dwayne Johnson Shares 'Jumanji' Concept Art

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 20:24

Jumanji: Dwayne Johnson shared concept art from the upcoming Jumanji sequel, showcasing Dr. Bravestone, the character he'll be playing. Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Nick Jonas and Karen Gillan will also star. [Instagram]   EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: Concept art of my #JUMANJI character. "The Smoldering" Dr. Bravestone. (not sure where my pecs went;). This is gonna be fun.. Me, @kevinhart4real, Jack Black, @NickJonas and the Ginger Assassin...

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Trailer: Inspiring 'Queen of Katwe' Trailer Will Have You Cheering in Your Seat

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 15:25

The Toronto International Film Festival, starting next week, sees the debut of more than its fair share of awards-worthy films. One of these is certain to be Mira Nair's true tale Queen of Katwe, which stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o as the mother of Ugandan-corn-seller-turned-chess-prodigy Phiona Mutesi (newcomer Madina Nalwanga) and David Oyelowo (whom many thought was Oscar-snubbed for 2014's Selma) as the girl's mentor. The movie premieres at TIFF on September 10, will...

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Trailer Debut: Meet 'Certain Women' Kristen Stewart and Michelle Williams

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 09:00

li If you enjoyed the melancholy drama Wendy and Lucy, starring Michelle Williams as a down-on-her-luck drifter who gets separated from her dog in Oregon, and Meek's Cutoff, a tense Western also starring Williams, then you'll be excited for director Kelly Reichardt's latest: Certain Women. In it, three women in different stages and situations of life in a small Montana town are trying to make their own ways in the world, figuring out how to adapt and learn from moments both...

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Here's How to Take a Dinosaur-Filled Trip Through a Replica 'Jurassic World' This Fall

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 05:51

We don't yet have the technology to visit a real Jurassic Park or Jurassic World, for better or worse, but that hasn't stopped anyone from trying to replicate the experience of an actual dinosaur safari inspired by the 1993 movie and its sequels. The latest effort is an animatronics-based attraction called Jurassic World: The Exhibition, and it's coming to America this fall following its debut in Australia.  When you think of animatronics, you may still think of the old...

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Is This R2-D2's Cousin? Check Out a New 'Star Wars' Droid from 'Rogue One'

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 05:45

Is this R2-D2's cousin? RD-D2 rolled into movie history in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. He was first sighted with Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) but the astromech droid soon joined with his longtime companion C-3PO on a series of lively adventures. The two mechanical friends have appeared in all seven Star Wars movies so far.   But RD-D2 is far from the only droid to appear in the series and one of the pleasures for fans is to spot new droids in each movie....

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News Briefs: Sebastian Stan Joins Steven Soderbergh's 'Logan Lucky'

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 21:19

Logan Lucky: Sebastian Stan (Captain America: Civil War, above) will costar in Logan Lucky. Steven Soderbergh is directing; the cast already includes Daniel Craig, Channing Tatum, Hilary Swank, Katherine Heigl, Adam Driver and Seth MacFarlane. The heist movie is currently in production in Atlanta. [THR]   The Professor and the Madman: Natalie Dormer (The Forest, above) has joined the cast of The Professor and the Madman. Mel Gibson will star as a professor who began to compile...

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The Russo Brothers, on Which Scenes Were Cut from 'Captain America: Civil War'

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 12:19

Making a movie as massive as Captain America: Civil War is no easy prospect. You basically have pressure being exerted on you from the fans, the studio, the corporation that owns the studio, the shareholders who are invested in said corporation. Imagine facing all of that pressure and delivering not just an OK movie, but a legitimately great one. That's what Joe and Anthony Russo have done twice now for Marvel Studios with the last two Captain America...

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Will Daniel Radcliffe Return for a New Harry Potter Trilogy in 2020?

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 08:56

It's been five years since the last Harry Potter movie hit theaters, but we may have to wait only four more until another installment featuring the iconic titular wizard. According to the New York Daily News, Warner Bros. is secretly making a deal on movie rights to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the two-part stage play written by Jack Thorne under the authority of franchise creator J.K. Rowling. Reportedly the studio is eyeing a 2020 release for the adaptation,...

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News Briefs: Carell, Cranston, Fishburne to Star in Richard Linklater's Next

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 21:10

Last Flag Flying: Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne will star in Last Flag Flying, to be directed by Richard Linklater. The movie is described as "sort of" a sequel to Hal Ashby's The Last Detail, a 1973 drama about two salty Navy veterans who take a young sailor on a road trip to prison. The original was based on a novel by Darryl Ponicsan, who wrote a sequel in 2005 about the same characters retracing their trip. [THR]   Live Fast Die Hot: Anne...

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Exclusive: You Won't Believe This Cool 'Jungle Book' CGI Bonus Feature

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 09:00

Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book took the moviegoing world by storm earlier this year, stunning audiences with its amazing CGI and a terrific, almost solo performance by young Neel Sethi as Mowgli. The 10 year old was able to interact with animals both large and small who were never there, with only a green screen and some models to perform against.  After seeing the movie you no doubt asked yourself, "So how'd they DO that, anyway?" We have an exclusive look at just how...

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Exclusive: You Won't Believe This Cool 'Jungle Book' CGI Featurette

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 08:49

Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book took the moviegoing world by storm earlier this year, stunning audiences with its amazing CGI and a terrific, almost solo performance by young Neel Sethi as Mowgli. The 10 year old was able to interact with animals both large and small who were never there, with only a green screen and some models to perform against.  After seeing the movie you no doubt asked yourself, "So how'd they DO that, anyway?" We have an exclusive look at just how...

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'Maze Runner: The Death Cure' to Resume Production After Star's Injury

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 05:58

Dylan O'Brien is recovering nicely and will return in the sequel. Young actor Dylan O'Brien gained fame as the hero's best friend in MTV's Teen Wolf and then proved his bona fides in The Maze Runner. His performance as Thomas, a young man who wakes up with no memories in a strange new world and proves to be a heroic leader, resonated with audiences and the movie was a big success worldwide. ...

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News Briefs: 'Transformers: The Last Knight' Nabs Its King Arthur

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 20:59

Transformers: The Last Knight: Liam Garrigan, who recently has been playing King Arthur on TV's Once Upon a Time (above), is in talks to portray King Arthur in Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight. We just heard a report that the movie was shooting in Scotland and past rumors have suggested that  some of the action is tied to the legend of King Arthur; none of this has been officially confirmed yet. The movie is heading to theaters on June 23, 2017. [Mashable]  ...

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'Willy Wonka' Star Gene Wilder Is Dead at 83

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 12:06

Gene Wilder, one of the great comedic minds of our time, has passed away at the age of 83 at his home in Stamford, CT due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Probably best known as the original Willy Wonka in 1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Wilder dominated movie and TV screens for two decades with a number of memorable roles that took advantage of his neurotic and frenetic sensibilities. He's been absent from any notable roles for a while now,...

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Exclusive Interview: Bruce Campbell Talks 'Ash vs. Evil Dead' and His 5 Favorite Horror Movies

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 10:48

Actor-director-writer-producer-author Bruce Campbell has had a weird and wonderful career. Fans know him best as Ash Williams in Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead franchise, a wisecracking, Deadite-killing character he's revisiting on the new Starz show Ash vs. Evil Dead. Campbell has also starred in cult films like Bubba Ho-Tep and Maniac Cop, made memorable cameos in films like Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, authored the best-selling book If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie...

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